Can You Trust Innate?


Sure, you can trust the innate intelligence of the body to always do what is best for the organism. But so often we confuse intuition for innate intelligence expression. Part of the new age philosophy (which is really the old outside-in world viewpoint) is, as one well-known text states, “We begin to trust intuition.” Innate speaking to us in thot flashes or intuition or “gut feelings” is not possible and not consistent with our philosophy. The fallacy is focusing on self and determining self as an authority. Self is the educated intelligence, which makes every person right and nobody wrong. “Your truth is as correct as my truth” is what this philosophy is teaching.

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  1. anthony 12/26/2012, 5:51 pm:

    couldnt these thot flashes or gut feelings be a survival mechanism that is a extension of innates job to keep an organism (people) alive?

    • JStraussDC 12/26/2012, 8:55 pm:

      Anthony, why didn’t innate tell me that Tom had already posted the correct reply?!?!? The job of ii is to adapt us so that we can continue to live. If I go outside on a chilly day and my ii tells me through contact with the air that it is cold. I may have a “gut feeling ” that I should go back inside and get a warm coat. It may have been a good decision (if the weather turns cold) or a bad decision (if it gets warmer). But in either case it was an educated decision to adapt me to the external environment, which is my educated’s job. Innate intelligence does not forecast the weather, educated does (and rarely does it very well). My ii only is able to indicate to my educated what is needed at that moment, not in the future. It will know what to do in the next moment, when the next moment arrives. That is why we have and educated. It gives us greater ability to adapt.

      • Steve 12/26/2012, 10:08 pm:

        Hey Joe,
        You said, “it was an educated decision to adapt me to the external environment”, isn’t it II’s job… to adapt “me”. Educated’s job would be to alter the environment, ie. build a house or put on a coat. These things take place outside the body so wouldn’t they actually be a change in the environment. Educated changes the environment, innate changes the body, right?

        • JStraussDC 12/27/2012, 12:17 am:

          I think we had this discussion before. All adatation occurs by the ii of the body. It uses different organs at different times, in different ways. Sometimes it uses the blood vessels, or the little muscles around the hairs on your arm. If I remember they are the erector pilae. Sometimes it uses the educate brain as an organ of adaptation, provided it has no limitations. Perhaps it is splitting hairs (no pun intended. I don’t use corny jokes like some people I know.), but I stll see that as adapting my body rather than changing the environment. True it is educated but so is doing jumping jacks , drinking hot coffee or puttin on a coat. The coat or the house has not changed the environment of the rest of the world, just yours and that is the difference as I see it. I guess an argument could be made that you are changing the environment and doing it with your educated but I see it as changing your self to the environment. Now if you were creating global warming because you like it warmer, that would be different and there is the issue. You are only affecting yourself or in the case of anyone else in the house, those who choose to be there, not imposing your educated on everyone else. That’s where the problem arises. If people want to be vaccinated to enable them to adapt to their environment, I respect that decision. But don’t affect me or my environment. (Frankly, I don’t lknow whether that last analogy even makes sense or is relevant!). I guess the issue I have is “altering” the environment versus “adapting” me to the environment and perhaps that is only in your choice of words. Does that make sense?

          • Steve 12/28/2012, 6:22 pm:

            Hey Joe,
            I think you are getting dangerously close to “thot flashes” when innate tells educated what to do. Isn’t it you that says II (perception and action) does not extend beyond the skin? I prefer to think about it as innate keeps the physical brain working well so the PB can do it’s job which is to change the local environment, like putting on a coat. When the coat goes on Innate Intelligence will have to stop the erector pilea activity and re-adapt my internal situation.

  2. tom 12/26/2012, 6:11 pm:

    If they were an extension of innates job to keep an organism (people) alive, would that then have to mean the thot flashes or gut feelings would ALWAYS be correct? Is this A.T.? 🙂

    • anthony 12/26/2012, 9:49 pm:

      Sorry- its A Rojo – i’m actually still in Chiro School @ Life U in Marietta –

  3. StraightDC 12/26/2012, 8:07 pm:


    I agree that gut feelings & intuition are not part of chiro philosophy, but do you feel that they “happen” and can be beneficial for a person???

    • JStraussDC 12/26/2012, 8:32 pm:

      if they are a function of the educated brain (and I’m suggesting they are), then they can be either a product of good educated or bad educated thinking. The more they are based upon an ADIO world and life viewpoint, the more likely they will be good educated. But like any educated decision, they can be good or bad. BJ’s “thot flashes” came from his educated mind and probably reflected his ADIO thinking of hours, days, or weeks before. It would be interesting to know which “thot flash decisions” history proved to be bad decisions (and BJ made quite a few. But then he thought, decided and did more than anyone else in the history of the profession). If they were all innate thot flases then they would have all been perfect.

  4. Steve 12/26/2012, 8:22 pm:

    Hey Joe,
    Adjust it and trust it was a common saying I heard growing up and in school. It still applies. Changing our interpretation of innate intelligence from BJ’s to OSC does not alter innate, just our understanding of it. As a principle of organization II is perfect, defining it as a spirit guide goes beyond what we know as facts and into superstition. A common theme in BJ’s writing was to dispel myths and superstition in favor of knowledge. When we de-personify innate, a lot of the clutter falls away. Could it be that intuition and hunches are an educated function on the subconscious level. I know BJ was appalled at the term subconscious but that was when it was equated with II, he preferred superconscious if I remember correctly. Either way sub or super, “conscious”(ness), when referring to innate intelligence, seems to be a hold over term that is inappropriate at our present level of understanding.

  5. anthony 12/26/2012, 10:11 pm:

    Thanks for the insight guys! Now I think I have a better understanding between intuition and innate intelligence – Joe, you have a great way of simplifying the subject, making it easier for me to understand.

    • JStraussDC 12/27/2012, 12:32 am:

      Thank you Anthony. That’s the greatest compliment I could be given.

    • Tom 12/28/2012, 2:36 am:

      Anthony, don’t remember if Life uses Dr Strauss’ “Chiropractic Philosophy” text. If not, it (as well as his other texts) is truly is a must have to get a better understanding of chiro philosophy. His “Toward a Better Understanding of Chiro Philosophy” really digs into some deeper topics. If you like what you read here on the blog you’ll love his texts.

      My condolences to all associated with Life, on the passing of Dr Sid. When I was there waaaaay back when (early 80’s), I was one of the few that didn’t pay my way out of his assemblys and enjoyed what he had to to say. Perhaps if another thread is started on him I can share a fun story or 2! 🙂

  6. Richie Barone 12/26/2012, 10:51 pm:

    Joe: thanks for the insight, today we do hear A LOT of personalizing of ii!

    • Claude 01/15/2013, 2:37 pm:


      WHY do you think that “TODAY we do hear A LOT of personalizing of ii”?

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